O Pátio: Great atmosphere
It was by pure chance that we founded on our first night this little and cosy restaurant. We arrived to the hotel late and tired after working and driving all day. We hoped to have a quiet meal there and a drink before going bed and wake up fresh for the next day. But that day the hotel had the restaurant fully book, so they told us to go the city center. We walked along the old town for a while not finding anything but enjoying our visit at night through Tavira when crossing the roman bridge I spotted the restaurant.
It was excellent. The service, the food make it a very special place to be. The tourist office the next day also recommended us this place for a special treatment
Favorite Dish: For starters they show you a selection of cheeses (take both they are incredible) sardines and tuna paste, olives etc. We just loved the cheese ones so much that we had to came back ;-)
For main courses you have selections of meat and fish, all at good prices, very well presented with a separate dish of salad and fresh fried potatoes. The sauces that went with the meats or fish were very interesting too.
We went again and we will be back ;-)
Sorry! lost in time: Great place to eat
A number of quayside restaurants in Tavria but this one we travelled back to as we rated the food so much and great price! Cannot remember the name but the only restaurant you can see north of the footbridge, that is up stream. Got very busy on the Sunday although quieter on the second visit during the week. We only really noticed how good the building looked from across the river. Local buskers appear outside to add ambience.
Favorite Dish: Turkey with cheese baked in oven. Baked chicken in breadcrumbs.
Alquimia: - Alquimia - excellent, seek it out
Dont be fooled by the outside. Go inside and the food is excellent, service is superb and the surroundings are lovely. Real, authentic, simple, warm, charming.
We had a lovely family meal, with good wine and all to ourselves!
Definately try the Steak on a Stone( excellent quality meat) or the Tagines.
A family meal which will be remembered for a LONG time. :)
Favorite Dish: Steak on a Stone or Tagines
Tapas to start with.
excellent wine at 14.50 Euro
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O patio: Make your own mind up
We ate here a couple of nights and it was always busy, for that reason i suggest that when they bring the couverts, stock up as they are great and you might have a bit of a wait for your main course but it will be worth it. The waiters are really friendly and you can sit outside, or there are a couple of tables near the bar (benefitting from the breeze but not as cold as outside) and more tables upstairs- be warned though its quite hot upstairs but it does have a lovely atmosphere. The portions are really generous too.
Having gone back to this restaurant again this year i feel the need to slightly edit this tip so as not to mislead anyone as our experience was different this time around. While the portions are still generous and the food is good it seems o patio might be a victim of its own sucess. It was very busy on numerous occasions as to be expected but the wait for food was too long and the staff were flustered and unable to cope with the volume of people, the quality of food seemed to also suffer as a result.I was served a kebab on half a terractta drainpipe-its acceptable to be adventurous with presentation had it not been really overcooked. 2 different years, two different experiences so i don't know which is the refective of the real o patio!
Brisa do Rio: delicious food, efficient service
This restaurant is my favourite in Tavira, the food is simple,local and delicious. Everytime time we go it is always very busy with repeat clients and its the same two hardworking waiters who are rushing around but still find time to treat you as individuals. Its only a small restaurant with some tables outside and because its quite popular there is usually a wait for food but it is definately worth waiting for. I can honestly say that between me and my husband we have probably tried most dishes and all were superb-the apple,goats cheese and honey starter deserves a special mention though, as does the duck and the peri-peri shrimps, infact the portugese steak is fab and so are the lamb dishes! finish off the meal with a glass of beirao, its a liquer served over ice made in portugal and it has a secret blend of herbs in it that is good for your digestion but also tastes lovely. It isnt in a fancy place by the river and it doesn't serve its food on elaborate plates in a designed way, its just great tasting food in a lovely atmosphere with sincere,efficient staff.
For many experts, the most celebrated Portuguese dish is Pork with Clams. This restaurant offered a variation with "conquilhas" (a sort of delicious small clams whose name I don't know in English).
Of course I had to taste it.
Well, not bad, but far from a success - the "conquilhas" were extremely small (lots of work), and the pork was not marinated as in the original recipe. They will have to improve the idea.
Fernanda had good grilled squids, the service was gentle, and the price appropriated. We may return!
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Rive Gauche: Quirky but tasty!
We love this quirky modern European place with funky mismatched decor and lighting. Along with the bread and olives you are brought “surprise of chef” which can be anything from hard to fathom salads in shotglasses to curried mussels. The food itself is more straightforward – excellent steak with a good dauphinoise, a trio of of fish fillets and an imaginative duck salad starter have all been enjoyed by us and our visitors. A trio of chocolate desserts was truly stand-out and deserved the “fine-dining” label. A decent, well described wine list. Rich food and quite high prices make this a good choice for special occasions. The service can be as quirky as the decor!
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Favorite Dish: Trio of chocolate desserts - rich, full of variety and equal to the desserts I have had in fine dining restaurants like The Ivy in London
o patio: o Patio understands food
We were very positively surprised by this nice restaurant. The food was good, they understand how fish should be and the service was really pleasant!
Een aanrader als je van vis en local eten houd, aangenaam verrast!
A restaurant with excellent food and atmosphere! Vegetarians heaven and also if you like meat, this is the place to have dinner!
De eigenaresse van dit restaurant is Nederlands en snapt wat goed eten is. Wij zijn tijdens onze vakantie vaak teleugesteld bijj restaurants, maar zeker niet hier.
Goed eten, goede sfeer. Zeker een aanrader voor vegetariers, maar ook de vleeseters kunnen hier terrecht!
Cabanas Basserie: Short ride away....
Only a short taxi ride (7 euros) away to the resort of Cabanas. A small fishing village, perfect for a get away from it all holiday. Particularly quiet last month when we visited.
Found this place after being recommended by a couple we met in one of the seafront caffs. Little difficult to find, but just look out for the church.
Looks like a brand new place, so everything clean and tidy. Although we were there on a February evening, it was warm inside even though there were no obvious heaters. We were also given a warm welcome by the whole family who run this place, including the young son who was sat doing his homework!
The owner " Fernando" has a very British sense of humour and his wife does all the cooking.
Apparently they had run another restaurant in the village before this new venture.
It was a quiet night for them, so we got a lot of attention, which was great, and we learned several things about local ingredients and stories of the origin of the cataplana (local shellfish dish, cooked in a lid-ed "pan") It was a very enjoyable evening and we returned again.
Favorite Dish: My better half tried out the "proper" vegetarian menu, after being fed up of the offering of salads and omelettes as the vegetarian options. One night tortellini the next night a very tasty tomato pasta in the oven. Both reasonably priced.
I had fish on both occasions a bream cooked in the oven with tomatoes, garlic, wine and onions - very tasty and a local "halibut" steak with a mustard sauce. Delicious.
Leave room for the homemade desserts, they are made by on the premises by the wife. Chocolate mousse - out of this world only for chocoholics!!
We noticed they also had a childrens menu aswell and a high chair.
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Aquasol: Best Restaurant in Tavira
This has to be the best restaurant in Tavira. The Food is absolutely amazing. Its all organic and local produce. The flavours where amazing, Every course seemed to be better than the next. They seemed to do everything from local dishes to indian curry, do not ask for chips as they do not do them. The staff where very friendly and helpful. The food here was very reasonably priced and they also had a 3 course set menu available which included a half bottle of wine for 25euro. We ate here several times and i cant wait to go back to Tavira to this restaurant, my mouths watering now just thinking of this delicous food!
Alquimia: Local restaurant with Arab taste in Tavira
Very nice restaurant close to the river of Tavira.
It has a nice terrace and around 10 tables in which good seafood and some revisited portuguese dishes are served. It is ideal if you are a bit fed-up with the classical, "very good but equally heavy" kitchen from the Algarve.
Mixed with the typical portuguese food, there is also a choice of Arab dishes.
Favorite Dish: Lamb Tajine, huge and spicy, beautifully served in a Tunisian clay recipient.
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Aquasol: Great Restaurant
quaint seating outside in the evening or inside if you prefer...this bustling restaurant is open only for dinner, fresh seafood, steaks, pasta dishes all unique and very well presented
Favorite Dish: seabream baked in paper...delicious
Alquimia: The best of a good bunch
Alquimia....nice surroundings, excellence service, very nice food, relaxed ambience, Rive Gauche would get a close 2nd, Aquasol...nice food, v.poor service (90 min wait for main course), some other good restaurants and bars particularly Patricks and Santa Lucia
Favorite Dish: Tuna Tagine
Snooker Bar Avenida: Local atmosphere
It was so nice to be back to normal prices (prices before euro when a coffe was 100 ptas = 0,60 cent of Euro) that we went back a few times.
They did not overcharge us for being tourist, and they were very nice and helpful all the time
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